ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Complications from distemper have killed more than a dozen dogs, mostly puppies, at Stray Rescue, the downtown St. Louis pet shelter and adoption facility run for years by activist Randy Grim.

Seven dogs diagnosed with the canine disease are still alive, says Grim.

He says Stray Rescue will need to close temporarily to deal with the crisis.

Grim plans a Sunday afternoon news conference with an on-staff veterinarian to address what the public should know about future adoptions, and how they can help.